Sample Letter of Application
21 College Street
Any City, State 12345 NOTE: The letter style is a simplified business letter format.
May 20, 2003 Use this style when names of contact people have not been
included in the advertisement. This style eliminates both the
Search Committee salutation and the complimentary closing.
Department of English
University of Oregon
Campus Box 449
Eugene, Oregon 97403
Get to your point at the
Please consider me as an applicant for the assistant professorship in Chinese Literature in very beginning. Reveal
the Department of East Asian Languages at the University of X, that was announced in your purpose and interest.
the March Job List of the Modern Language Association. Currently, I am a candidate for Identify the position
applied for and where you
a Ph.D. in Modern Chinese Literature at the University of Z. My dissertation, “The Role
found the position opening.
of Strong Women in Song Dynasty Literature,” focuses on China’s literary use of women
to achieve political rebellion in urban China during the time period between 1800-1900.
Research for the dissertation was begun with Professor XYZ, during my year at Y
University as a R.B. Cann Literary Fellow. My dissertation advisor at Z University is
Professor K. Jos-Kerus.
I chose to include Chinese female authors as one area of my comprehensive exams Outline your strongest
because I am genuinely interested in the teaching of modern literature. My experiences, qualifications that match
which are highlighted on the enclosed CV, include both teaching and research in this the position requirements.
area. As a teaching assistant in the Chinese Program at University of Z, I was responsible Provide evidence of your
for all aspects of a required freshman courses, including instruction and grading as well related experiences and
as individual conferences and student advising. As a part of a federal grant administered accomplishments. Make
by Professor XY and Z, my current responsibilities include compilation of an annotated reference to your enclosed
bibliography and review of the literature pertaining to methods of teaching modern curriculum vita.
My complete dossier, including the three letters of recommendation requested in the
advertisement, is being forwarded to you from the Placement Center at Z University. If
there are additional application materials to be completed or if writing samples are Take the lead in suggesting
desired, please contact me. If interested, writing samples, a dissertation abstract, and an action plan. Request an
descriptions of courses taught and performance evaluations may be viewed on my web- interview and indicate that
based portfolio at www.doe/portfolio.htm. you will call during a
specific time period to
I would welcome the opportunity to discuss this position with you in person and can discuss interview date
make arrangements for an interview at your convenience. possibilities.
Express appreciation to the reader for his
or her time and consideration.
Sample Letter of Inquiry
954 11th Street
Any City, State 12345
May 15, 2003
W. Williams, Ph.D.
Chair, Search Committee Indicate your interest at
History Department the beginning and reveal
X College your sources of
P.O. Box 24567 information (name
City, State 54321 specific individuals, if
Dear Professor Williams:
The purpose of this letter is to inquire if vacancies are anticipated in the History
Department at X College for which I might be considered. My course work for the Ph.D.
has been completed at Y State University and I am currently in the final stages of my Outline your strongest
dissertation. qualifications—focus on
I am genuinely interested in the teaching of writing and I chose to include expository and/or organizational
dimensions. Make your
writing as one area of my comprehensive exams. My master’s program at Y University
qualifications match the
and my doctoral studies have provided a broad and rich background in historical desired environment.
literature. I am qualified and interested in teaching survey courses in both European and
American history and upper-division courses in European history from World War I on.
As you will note from the enclosed CV, my teaching experience has concentrated on the
development of speaking and writing skills. As a teaching assistant in the history Market yourself:
program at Y State University, I was responsible for all aspects of a required freshman convince the employer
course, including instruction and grading as well as individual conferences and student that you have the unique
advising. Last year I was selected to serve as a research assistant with Professors R. characteristics and
motivation to contribute
Jackson and K.L. King in the implementation of a federally funded grant to introduce a to this particular
new undergraduate program in expository writing. organization.
As a graduate of Z College, I have particular interest in working with undergraduates in a
small liberal arts environment. If teaching openings are anticipated, I could easily
arrange to visit with you at the national conference or at a time and place convenient to
Take the lead in suggesting
you. A self-addressed stamped envelope is enclosed if application materials are
an action plan. Request an
available. If interested, writing samples, a dissertation abstract, and descriptions of interview and indicate that
courses taught may be viewed on my web-based portfolio at: www.doe/portfolio.htm. you will call during a specific
My dossier and supporting documents will be sent upon request. time period to discuss
interview date possibilities.
Express thanks to the reader for his or
her time and consideration